This stunning $1.6-million home is one of five houses featured this week in our weekly open house roundup.

The stunning $1.6-million home at 3826 Medallion Ln. is one of five featured in our weekly open house roundup.

True love doesn’t always show up on a first date, but at these five Dallas-area open houses this weekend, you might feel cupid’s (real estate) bow.

We’re visiting neighborhoods from Lakewood Estates to West Dallas’ Walnut Hill Highlands, to East Kessler and North Dallas. The prices range from $364,900 to $1.64 million. We hope you make time to visit some of these open houses or others you discover—by our count, there are around 180 in Dallas alone! Leave us a comment with your weekend open house discoveries.

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weekend open houses

The newly renovated house at 7123 Mimosa Ln. is one of five properties we’re featuring with open houses this weekend.

Whether you’re looking for a new place to buy, or just enjoy walking through beautiful homes, this weekend’s open houses offer an opportunity to see some gorgeous properties.

We’ve chosen five that range in price from just under $225K to $899K, in a diverse bunch of neighborhoods around Dallas. You’ll see everything from a memorable Lower Greenville New Orleans-style home to a contemporary beauty in Kessler Woods that feels like it’s hidden in the treetops. If you visit any of them, let us know what you think!

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DFW open houses

The Jacobean Tudor at 6243 La Vista Dr. in East Dallas is a rare find, and one of five DFW open houses we’re featuring this week.

Open houses are a weekend tradition, and with a glorious weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday (highs in the low 80s, lows in the mid-50s!), it’s a stellar opportunity to get out and about.

By our count, there are around 50 listed open houses on realtor.com just in Dallas and nearby suburbs. We’ve picked five to feature here, based on their size, location, amenities, and unusual factors (the one pictured above is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places).

The prices range from the $375K to $1.469 million, and we’ve got houses all over Dallas and University Park. Let us know what you think!

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dallas open houses

The Uptown loft at 1999 McKinney Ave. No. 603 is one of our 5 featured open houses for this weekend.

If the State Fair is not your thing this weekend, make time to visit these five open houses around Dallas. They represent diverse neighborhoods, from Uptown and East Kessler Park, to Northwest Dallas and Turtle Creek. The prices range from the $289,000 to $749,500, and the styles of these houses and condos run the gamut from modern industrial in Uptown to a 2012 David Weekley in Far North Dallas that still has the new-house smell.

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dfw open houses

This Vickery Place modern marvel at 5411 Melrose Ave. is just one of five open houses we’re looking at this weekend in DFW.

This weekend, there are dozens of open houses all over North Texas. We’ve picked five of our favorites for your pleasure.

These are in neighborhoods ranging from Vickery Place and Preston Hollow, to Claremont and Stevens Woods. The prices range from the $289K to $989K. Check out our selection and let us know if you visit any and what you think!

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All photos: Urban Scene

All photos: Urban Scene

Landon Burke is a Dallas realtor and an idea man. With a long interest in the arts and a parallel-universe-kind-of-dream of owning an art gallery, Burke dreamed up a novel concept that lives at the intersection of real estate and fine art, Urban Scene: Architecture, Art & Culture.

Urban Scene supports and bolsters local artists by displaying their original work in open-house showings, coupled with drinks, food, and foot traffic. It’s a win-win kind of situation that benefits everyone, Burke says.

“In my career, I’ve done open houses and they’ve been unsuccessful, in my opinion,” said Burke, a realtor with Rogers Healy & Associates. “We have hundreds of people at these [Urban Scene] events and when you get that many people in room, everybody is a great mood, sipping on local craft beer and enjoying the evening.”

Realtor and Urban Scene founder Landon Burke with event coordinator Laura Reeder at the first event

Burke has been a realtor for nine years and events in late 2014 inspired him to begin this nonprofit endeavor.

“I got my first luxury listing in Dallas November 2014 in Vickery Place, beautiful house at 5206 Miller,” he said. “It reminded me of an art gallery and I’ve always wanted to do that myself.”

More than 200 people turned out to that inaugural pop-up event in the custom home by architect Frank Posada. Artists included Andrea HolmesBee Street Studio, Jason Stallings, Lab Art, Maxx Henry-Frazer, Payne Wingate, Peter Lynch, Snipe Art, and Toni Martin. Braindead Brewing provided craft beer and Poof & Pantry provided small bites.

A second Urban Scene event in January brought out over 500 people to an open house at a Bella Vita Custom Homes build at 5424 Willis Ave. where Burke partnered with the DMA Junior Associates.

The two popular events under his belt, Burke is planning the third open house at a $1.5 million listing by Bella Vita Custom Homes at 5707 Charlestown Dr. in Preston Hollow (with so many people attending, Urban Scene had to move out of the M Streets because crowds were causing traffic jams). The Feb. 24 event will go from 6-9 p.m. with art from Martin Lawrence Gallery. Jump to read more!

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With the advent of photo-heavy online listings visible from anywhere, video tours, and slideshows, many Realtors have already ordered a tombstone for the Open House. But should we start eulogizing a long-held practice that can give sellers much-needed feedback and turn looky-loos into serious buyers?

That’s the argument Brendon Desimone poses in his blog post, saying that serious buyers are developed over time, and just browsing listings online won’t sell them on one particular home.

“Open houses give buyers a no-pressure environment in which to deepen their education about the local market, so they can make a more informed decision,” Desimone says. “A buyer may use an open house as a first showing of the property. But when buyers become serious about a home, an open house provides them another opportunity to spend time in the home, to get to know it better, without the confines of a 15-minute private appointment.”

I agree with some of what Desimone says, but there are so many websites out there that break down important market information, giving buyers an economic outlook on a property long before they’re ready to commit. Trulia does a great job of this with its graphic interface and easily accessible message boards that facilitate discussion about neighborhoods. Let’s use our Friday Four Hundred, 5802 Monticello, for example. To the right you can see agents and potential buyers talking about the neighborhood at length — a wonderful resource for buyer education.

Trulia 5802 Monticello screenshot

 

Of course, what you don’t get from all of this buyer education is a feel for neighborhood traffic. Is this home near a noisy intersection? How close are you to shopping? Are there other families and pedestrians nearby? That’s where an open house really provides an added benefit. Buyers can linger, walk around the neighborhood, get a feel for their surroundings.

Of course, one open house is a lot easier to manage than a gazillion individual showings, says Desimone. Agreed, but it also opens the home to people who aren’t interested in buying at all, including neighbors and thieves, as Rogers Healy recently mentioned on Fox Business News’ The Willis Report. But they do give agents and sellers an opportunity to get some feedback on a listing, Desimone says.

“A good listing agent will want to see as many buyers come through as possible to gauge their reactions to the home,” he offers. “Are people walking in and out quickly? Or are they hanging around? What questions are they asking? What are their biggest hang-ups or concerns? This is the kind of valuable information you can’t get online.”

Agreed. You won’t get a lot of feedback from buyers who shop mostly online, and a seller’s agent won’t likely be at showings, so besides critiques from stagers and other agents, this is likely the only direct feedback sellers can get.

What do you think? Is the Open House a relic, or is it relevant?

With the advent of photo-heavy online listings visible from anywhere, video tours, and slideshows, many Realtors have already ordered a tombstone for the Open House. But should we start eulogizing a long-held practice that can give sellers much-needed feedback and turn looky-loos into serious buyers?

That’s the argument Brendon Desimone poses in his blog post, saying that serious buyers are developed over time, and just browsing listings online won’t sell them on one particular home.

“Open houses give buyers a no-pressure environment in which to deepen their education about the local market, so they can make a more informed decision,” Desimone says. “A buyer may use an open house as a first showing of the property. But when buyers become serious about a home, an open house provides them another opportunity to spend time in the home, to get to know it better, without the confines of a 15-minute private appointment.”

I agree with some of what Desimone says, but there are so many websites out there that break down important market information, giving buyers an economic outlook on a property long before they’re ready to commit. Trulia does a great job of this with its graphic interface and easily accessible message boards that facilitate discussion about neighborhoods. Let’s use our Friday Four Hundred, 5802 Monticello, for example. To the right you can see agents and potential buyers talking about the neighborhood at length — a wonderful resource for buyer education.

Trulia 5802 Monticello screenshot

 

Of course, what you don’t get from all of this buyer education is a feel for neighborhood traffic. Is this home near a noisy intersection? How close are you to shopping? Are there other families and pedestrians nearby? That’s where an open house really provides an added benefit. Buyers can linger, walk around the neighborhood, get a feel for their surroundings.

Of course, one open house is a lot easier to manage than a gazillion individual showings, says Desimone. Agreed, but it also opens the home to people who aren’t interested in buying at all, including neighbors and thieves, as Rogers Healy recently mentioned on Fox Business News’ The Willis Report. But they do give agents and sellers an opportunity to get some feedback on a listing, Desimone says.

“A good listing agent will want to see as many buyers come through as possible to gauge their reactions to the home,” he offers. “Are people walking in and out quickly? Or are they hanging around? What questions are they asking? What are their biggest hang-ups or concerns? This is the kind of valuable information you can’t get online.”

Agreed. You won’t get a lot of feedback from buyers who shop mostly online, and a seller’s agent won’t likely be at showings, so besides critiques from stagers and other agents, this is likely the only direct feedback sellers can get.

What do you think? Is the Open House a relic, or is it relevant?